embattle


verb (used with object), em·bat·tled, em·bat·tling.

  1. to arrange in order of battle; prepare for battle; arm.
  2. to fortify (a town, camp, etc.).

verb (used with object), em·bat·tled, em·bat·tling.

  1. to furnish with battlements.

verb (tr)

  1. to deploy (troops) for battle
  2. to strengthen or fortify (a position, town, etc)
  3. to provide (a building) with battlements
v.

late 14c., “prepare for a fight,” from Old French embataillier “to prepare for battle,” from en- (see en- (1)) + bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Embattled; embattling. Originally of armies; of individuals as well since 1590s (first attested in Spenser).

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